To be perfectly clear – I am not a cheater. I’ve never cheated in the past and will never do so in the future. I’ve dedicated my entire adult life to bass fishing, the sport that I love and no amount of money in the world is worth jeopardizing my career that I’ve spent my life working for. I am an accomplished angler and am confident about my future. Simply stated, I have no reason to cheat and would never tarnish my accomplishments nor compromise my future by cheating. I respect myself, my family, my sponsors and my sport way to much to bring it all down by cheating.
I apologize to everyone for my mistake, including B.A.S.S. and my co-angler for putting them in such an awkward position. Also a sincere apology to the fans of fishing for it was not my intention to tarnish the integrity of the sport.